Tuesday, November 29, 2011
...But I was wrong!
Rustin recently had to get glasses! He "failed" his vision screening at his 4-year check-up, so I took him to see a pediatric optometrist. Turns out he does have a few issues with his eyes, so the glasses help a lot! He was always a little slower at learning things like the alphabet before and had a harder time with our preschool activities, but now I realize it was because he couldn't see. I think he is absolutely adorable in the new glasses (which we had to special order because he insisted on having BLUE). So far he is doing great with them, but he is all boy, so I am sure it is only a matter of time before they get broken :-)
Friday, November 11, 2011
The Whole Wilkinson Clan (photo by Angie Moore Photography)
This August, Jayson's family had a reunion in Colorado. It was short, but packed with fun and creative activities. Each day had a theme. Day 1 was "Thriller". It started with a family photo shoot in Garden of the Gods---not exactly Thrillerish, but we did make some Thriller poses!
Zombie Pose: Riley, Jayson, Rachelle, Kaiya, Kassidy, Ryder, Kaydence, Rustin and Kyndall. (photo by Angie Moore Photography)
Waiting our turn, we snapped a few photos of our own...
The Original Wilkinson Family: Kevin & Sylvia Wilkinson, with kids (in birth order): Jayson, Alicia, Joel and Megan (photo by Angie Moore Photography)
Cousin Buddies: Trevor, Riley and Andrew
WQ+2 (photo by Angie Moore Photography)
Following the photos, we headed to Rudy's for Lunch. We didn't even have to drive all the way to Texas to find Rudy's, they now have one in Colorado Springs!
The Quints favorite part is the cheap white bread
When we got back home, the real Thriller fun began...wearing our matching Thriller T-shirts (which we later tye-dyed), we made our own Thriller music video (inspired by the Michael Jackson Wii game).
Check it out below---we had way too much fun making it!
Thriller Day ended with everyone getting their own Feltie Zombie, made by my crafty mother-in-law. Each zombie was carefully crafted to match each persons interests and personalities.
The Feltie Zombie Display
Day 2 was "Harry Potter" day. Each person had their turn under the sorting hat to determine which house they were in.
Ryder getting sorted
Next, everyone went to the "wand shop" where their wand selected them. Once again, my mother-in-law's creativity amazed me---she actually made wands for everyone with their name inscribed on them and she sewed protective wand carrying bags for them to go in!
The hunt for the Sorcerer's stone
Churchify: Harry Potter Day was Sunday, so we also went to church :-)
The third day was "Down on the Farm" day. One of Sylvia's co-workers owns some horses and graciously allowed us to come over for some carriage rides
Ryder & Rustin
Kaydence and Kyndall
Horses were not the only animals on the "farm"
Final Group shot!!
After the reunion, we stayed with Jayson's parents in Colorado for a few more days. Another one of Sylvia's friends has pet RATS. The thought of it seems kind of icky, but they were actually quite cute, if you could get past their very rat-like tails!
The kids lost interest in the rats as soon as they discovered the wealth of toys at the house we were visiting!
Kyndall, my true animal lover, made friends with the kitty
My friend Liz, who used to live near me and was so much help when the quints were born, now lives in Colorado Springs. She is either really brave or really crazy, because she drove up, picked up ALL seven of the kids and took them back to her house for a sleepover! The kids LOVED it! It was one of the highlights of the trip for them. Apparently, tree elves live near Liz and they leave treats in good little boys and girls shoes.
While in Colorado, I think we broke a record for the highest number of thrift shops invaded by quintuplets on a single day...
Salvation Army (I think...they all started to blend together after a while...)
ARC Thrift Store
We found the best deals at Goodwill! I came away with several pairs of jeans for the kids and myself for 99 cents! I have always been more of a clearance deal shopper than a thrift store shopper, but with my mother-in-law's help, I think I could become a thrift store convert :-)
Thursday, November 10, 2011
This week, Letter L was in the Limelight! We went to the Library, had Lunch at Logan's Roadhouse and Landed some new License plates! We were also Lucky to have a Lass named Chanda join us. Chanda used to Live in the Lone Star State and she Lended a hand when the quints were Little, but of Late, she Left Texas for a new Line of Labor in Tennesee. She was in town for the weekend and it was Lovely to see her again!
The Little ones Love to sit on the Laps of the Lads and Lasses in the statue in front of the Library
Lunch was Luscious! We were Lucky to *only* Lay to rest one plate. The staff was quite Likable and the other Lunch-goers did not seem to mind the Loud Laughter coming from our table.
After Lunch, we said "So Long" to Chanda and headed to Georgetown to pick up our new License plates. Later, my Little helpers installed the License plates on our Large vehicle!
The Superhero duo Latches the License plate in place---if only they were a bit more Lofty, they might be able to reach better!
Monday, November 7, 2011
Soon after I realized I was going to be the mother of seven children, I knew that we would have to do the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs theme for Halloween some year. That thought was reinforced a couple of years ago when my fellow quintmom, Sara Tyre (who also has quints plus 2) did it with her family. This year seemed like my best chance---the quints were old enough to be great dwarfs and Riley and Kaiya were young enough not to protest too much. GG helped me with the costumes (she did the hard stuff like the boots and hats) and I think they turned out totally cute! I let the kids decide what color shirt and hat they wanted---of course they mostly chose "their" colors. I couldn't find a yellow shirt, so Kaydence ended up with light blue. She chose a yellow hat, but at the last minute, we couldn't find Rustin's blue hat anywhere! Fortunately, we had a "prototype" dark pink hat and Kaydence graciously let Rustin wear her yellow hat
Our church has a Halloween Trunk-or-Treat every year and I was amazed that the beards and hats actually stayed on until the very end. When it came to actual trick-or-treating, most of the kids ditched the beards after the first few houses..
The Seven Dwarfs: Dopey (Kaiya), Doc (Riley), Grumpy (Rustin), Happy (Kassidy), Sneezy (Ryder), Bashful (Kaydence) and Sneezy (Kyndall---no, that was not a typo, both kids wanted to be Sneezy, so we just didn't have a Sleepy)
One of my good friends, Joy Park, just happened to be the witch from Snow White...I couldn't resist one of her apples!